Club: none | Opening: 2003 | Capacity: 30,305 seats
History and description
Estádio Algarve was built to serve as one of the playing venues of the Euro 2004 tournament. It officially opened on 23 November 2003 with a friendly between local clubs SC Farense and Louletano DC.
During Euro 2004, the stadium hosted two group matches and the quarter-final between Holland and Sweden (0-0).
The stadium was previously home to both Farense and Louletano, but as these both failed to attract decent attendances playing in the lower divisions, they chose to play most of their home matches in smaller local stadiums, using Estadio Algarve only for important matches.
Estadio Algarve occasionally hosts matches of the Portugal national team, and between 2013 and 2017 served as the home of the Gibraltar national team as their traditional home, Victoria Stadium, failed to meet UEFA standards. In 2018 they moved back to a renovated Victoria Stadium after cancelling the Europa Point Stadium project.
Estadio Algarve, designed by Populous, is best known for its remarkable architecture. Stand-out features are its 73-metre-high curved roofs over two of the stands, which are held up by a steel structure tied to four pillars. The stadium has a total of 320 VIP places.
How to get to Estadio Algarve
Estádio Algarve is located about 8 kilometres north of the city of Faro, about halfway between Faro and Loulé.
The stadium has its own train station, Parque das Cidades, with service to Faro, Loulé and other regional destinations. About 10 trains a day run between Faro and Parque das Cidades. The journey takes about 6 minutes, the walk from the station to the stadium a further 15 minutes.
The stadium lies next to the A22 motorway which runs across the Algarve and links up with the A2 to Lisbon further west. From the A22 take exit 13 toward Faro. Merge onto the IC-4, and leave the IC-4 again at the first exit (after less than a kilometre).
Address: Estádio Algarve, Parque das Cidades, 8135-014 Almancil
Photos of Estadio Algarve
Relevant Internet links
Parquecidades-eim.pt – Official website of the Parque das Cidades and Estádio Algarve.
Visitalgarve.pt – Tourist information about the Algarve region.
Cp.pt – Check train times and fares.